Water Prize Competition Center
Share your expertise and ideas!
You can help solve some of the most critical water and water-related resource problems facing our Nation.
You can also help us think of problem topics especially well-suited to solve through prize competitions. Review the Prize Competition Candidate Topics to learn more about Reclamation's problem spaces.
Follow Reclamation's Competitions
When a prize competition is launched, potential solvers may access information through Challenge.gov. When competitions open, they will be posted on the Water Pavilion at the InnoCentive.com Challenge Center where potential solvers may submit their proposals. Learn how to register at Challenge.gov →
Questions? Email PRIZE@usbr.gov
- New Technology Challenge
Bureau of Reclamation Selects Winners of Prize Competition Seeking Methods to Quantify Drift Invertebrates in River and Estuary Systems
(Jul. 15, 2016) Quantifying the vital food supply for threatened and endangered fish has been complicated for scientists. But that may be changing. Through a Bureau of Reclamation prize competition, five ideas were selected that have merit and may lead to breakthroughs quantifying the drift invertebrates in river and estuary systems. Read More →
(July 7, 2016) The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking non-federal partners to join with Reclamation and other federal agencies on prize competitions to solve critical water and water-related issues.
- New technology Challenges
(Jan. 7, 2016) Learn about the various prize competitions in water availability, ecosystem restoration, and infrastructure sustainability. Also learn about prize competitions in general and get research updates from Reclamation.
(Jan. 7, 2016) The Bureau of Reclamation has selected six ideas out of 22 submitted for its "New Concepts for Remote Fish Detection" prize competition. Four out of the six submissions fully qualified under the prize competition guidelines and will receive a shared total of $20,000. Read More →
How Can Prize Competitions Help Reclamation Accomplish Its Mission?
We are interested in new and improved technologies and better ways to solve problems in these three areas:
Water availability is critical to meeting the needs of a growing population and economy. Water managers face significant challenges in meeting current and future water demands for agriculture, municipal, industrial, Native American, rural, recreation, power generation, and ecosystem needs.
Interest areas include:
- Conserve existing water supplies
- Develop new sources of water supplies through desalination, water recycling, and creative application of traditional and non-traditional methods
- Monitor and forecast water supplies and demands
- Optimally manage and operate water storage and delivery systems
- Use social and institutional methods to cultivate long-term solutions
- Conjunctively manage ground and surface waters
Protecting and restoring aquatic and riparian environments is vital to ensuring that Reclamation watersheds are healthy and able to continue providing the water supplies that can meet the multitude of competing uses of water in the arid Western United States.
Interest areas include:
- Track and monitor fish populations
- Facilitate fish passage at dams, migration through reservoirs, and screening at withdrawal structures
- Manage stream hydrology below dams for fish and wildlife
- Improve habitat conditions for targeted species
- Manage stream channel hydraulic and sediment conditions
- Manage river and reservoir temperatures
- Increase desirable riparian vegetation
- Reduce the spread of invasive species that can impact water deliveries
- Protect threatened and endangered fish
A safe, well-maintained, and reliable inventory of dams, pipelines, hydropower generation facilities, canals, and levees is key to making water available to meet the needs of the Western United States and our Nation as a whole.
Interest areas include:
- Effectively and affordably operate and maintain water and hydropower infrastructure
- Repair and replace aging infrastructure
- Monitor and assess the condition of mechanical and electrical equipment, and structures
- Extend the serviceable lives of existing infrastructure and reservoirs
- Optimize hydropower generation
- Detect and heal internal erosion in embankment dams and canal and levee embankments
- Prevent and detect corrosion
Federal collaboration enables agencies to leverage Federal capabilities, catalyze interagency working relationships, better define and solve joint problems, avoid duplication, and find solutions that have a broader impact across the mission of multiple Federal agencies, the stakeholders we collectively serve, and overall public good.